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Up Helly Aa, Shetland’s festival of fire

During this combustible holiday, costumed men carry nearly 1,000 torches through Lerwick, Scotland, in a procession that ends with the burning of a Viking-style ship.
Read more… 24 January 2012


Along Arabia’s east coast

Between the Arabian Sea to the Gulf of Oman is a historic and natural beauty that feels worlds away from the more visited cities of the United Arab Emirates.
Read more… 18 January 2012


Playing where pirates pillaged on Cayman Brac

The sleepy 14sqm Caribbean island was once a hideaway for Blackbeard and other 17th and 18th Century buccaneers.
Read more… 17 January 2012


Vintage Berlin: After World War II

You could argue that no other single city in the world embodied the tortured path of the 20th Century more than the German capital.
06 January 2012


Cruise ports of call: East Asia for history buffs

Visit Vietnam War tunnels and ancient Hong Kong villages, enjoy Chinese opera and explore Tokyo by bike.
Read more… 05 January 2012


Tallinn’s secret history of espionage

The Estonian capital’s front as a quaint medieval town belies a history simmering with espionage and intrigue.
Read more… 03 January 2012


Echoes of a soviet past in Tallinn

From secret KGB hotel rooms to radio-jammers, the landmarks of Estonia’s capital have a hidden history of Soviet struggle and espionage.
03 January 2012


Vestiges of historical Dubai

As the city focuses on sustaining growth, it has made preserving its historical sites a priority.
Read more… 17 May 2011


Beyond the Headlines

The origins of Peru’s mysterious Nasca Lines

In the desert of southern Peru, giant etchings of spiders, whales, people and trapezoids stretching across 450sqkm have adorned the landscape for 2,000 years.
Read more… 02 December 2011


Cuba before Castro

For decades after World War I and before Castro’s 1959 revolt, Havana was an exotic getaway for travellers, with an intoxicating blend of glittering nightclubs and decadent cabarets.
02 December 2011


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